Have two wheels, will ride? We've tracked down the best cycle routes, loops and trails on the Little Red Dot.
If there’s one thing we love to do as a family in Singapore, it’s heading out on bike rides with the kids. The exercise is a pretty big pro (especially if you’ve got a chunky toddler strapped on to the back!), but the fresh air, sunshine and good times keep us coming back for more. So where are the best places to go cycling in Singapore, especially if you’ve got kids? We’ve compiled the best cycle routes and bike trails so you can tick them off your weekend to-do list with the family. Grab your helmets, slather on the sunscreen, and away we go! Oh and don’t forget to read our safety guide on cycling with kids!
Psst… this guide for the best places to buy bikes for the family might come in handy too if you need a new set of wheels!
Get cycling! Best family bike rides in Singapore
The great thing about cycling around Sentosa is that you can make your bike route as easy or as difficult as you like. We love a chilled coastal cruise past Siloso Beach, but if you’ve got older kids, we’re all for busting a lung and tackling some monster hills. Taking your own wheels? The cycling trails start at the Sentosa Boardwalk beside VivoCity on a dedicated track to the left of the pedestrian boardwalk. There’s a pretty steep slope to wheel your bike down when you get to the underpass, which can be a little tricky if you have a toddler seat.
Alternatively, you can hire bikes at the Segway Eco Adventure ticketing counter at Beach Station (beside Gelatissimo). A word of advice: there aren’t any tandems or adult bikes with child seats available to hire.
2. Eastern Coastal Loop
We love this cycling route as you get to take in so many of Singapore’s most iconic sights – there’s plenty of photo opps! It’s also flat, so there no thigh-burning inclines to incite meltdowns. Start the cycling loop at Tanjong Rhu Promenade, then hug the reservoir as you take in Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay. Finish up at Singapore Sports Hub and enjoy a nice cold beer for you and a cracking pizza for the tiddlies at Brewerkz. Alternatively, start here and end your family bike ride at East Coast Park.
3. East Coast Park
Which leads us to here! Yes, it can get quite busy at weekends, but that’s because it’s so fab! We love heading east and enjoying leisurely bike rides with the sea breeze in our hair. The range of great kid-friendly restaurants and play areas doesn’t hurt when we need a rest, either! Also, there are bike rental options here to make things super easy for you, such as GoCycling.
4. West Coast Park
Another one of our favourite parks for kids! West Coast Park (check out our complete guide) is a good option for cycling with the family. Spot boats along the waterfront, then head back into the heart of the park and enjoy the plentiful trails. Need a bite to eat? Kith Cafe isn’t far away and we reckon it’s a great family-friendly place. West Coast Park also has bike rental facilities – and you can even take a go-kart or four-person bike (above) for a spin!
We’ve sung the Kranji countryside’s praises for its awesome farms for kids. But did you know it’s also one of the best places for family bike rides in Singapore? Spend your weekend leisurely riding through the greenery, making sure to visit Bollywood Veggies for a pitstop. There’s also the Kranji War Memorial for history buffs. Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve is also in the area if you really want to make a day of it!
6. Punggol Waterway Park
In our humble opinion, this is one of the best places for a bike ride with the kids in Singapore. The tracks are well looked after, there are gorgeous views to take in, and there’s also awesome play areas when the little ones get restless. Punggol is a great place to spend the weekend too! Looking to hire bikes? Check out bicycle rentals from Bikes at Waterway.
7. Pulau Ubin
We’re big fans of this rustic little island and for good reason. It’s the perfect place for a big ol’ dose of nature and a more relaxed kinda day. Once you’re off the boat, make a beeline for Pulau Ubin village where you’ll find bike rental shops. There are cycling trails and bike tracks that are nice and flat (i.e. kid-friendly for young cyclists), while the Ketam Trail is ideal for mountain bikers. When you’re done for the day and back on the mainland, don’t forget to refuel at The Coastal Settlement. Oh, and don’t forget the bug spray! If you’re a fan of the rustic, Coney Island is another option.
8. Northern Explorer Loop
Live up north? Then you’ll want to take on the Northern Explorer Loop – all 25 kilometres of it if you really fancy a challenge! For an easy bike ride with the kids though, we say head to Woodlands Waterfront Park, which is full of family-friendly cycling and jogging tracks. You’re also right next to Admiralty Park, too – a must-see for its slide-packed playground!
Ready to get cycling? See you on a Singapore bike ride soon!